Southern University wins 45th Annual Bayou Classic
By Christopher Dabe, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
The wait was a long one for anyone associated with the Southern football program. After three consecutive Bayou Classic losses to Grambling, the Jaguars finally got the turnaround they wanted.
But not without some drama. A fumbled snap let Grambling score a pair of touchdowns early in the fourth quarter, all before Ladarius Skelton led another scoring drive for Southern.
The sophomore quarterback made his first Classic start and looked like he had played the part many times before. His savvy play, mixed with a special teams punt block and recovery for the touchdown at the start, helped Southern win 38-28 before 67,871 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Next, the Jaguars (7-3 overall, 6-1 SWAC) will play in the SWAC championship game Saturday at Alcorn State, with the winner there set to face North Carolina A&T in the HBCU national championship Celebration Bowl Dec. 15 in Atlanta.
Skelton’s biggest pass play went for 80 yards to Kendall Catalon and put Southern ahead 24-13 midway through the third quarter.
Not long before then, Southern opened the second half with a drive that reached inside the Grambling 10, where a fumble picked up by Grambling defensive lineman La’Allen Clark and returned nearly the full length of the field suddenly had the Tigers in position to tie the score.